RCA Thesaurus obtained permission to serialize Rice's popular "The Tumult and The Shouting" via their transcription subscription service. Titled The Grantland Rice Story, the 15-minute series comprised fifty-two sequential installments. First airing regionally as early as August 1955, the entire run soon appeared across the nation on various stations at varying times. Some aired it every weekday, some three days a week, some weekly.
The program's 15-minute installments closely followed the text of Rice's book. Jimmy Powers, himself a noted sportswriter and announcer of 30 years, narrated, read and commented on Grantland Rice's story in the first person, as Rice had intended. Not quite the equivalent of today's audio-books, the material from "The Tumult and The Shouting" was augmented by contemporary asides and updates from Jimmy Powers.
The series literally begins at chapter one of Rice's book and moves through the entire autobiography. Powers intersperses the selections from the book with other timely updates and observations about Rice not contained in the book. The additional material helps expand the legend of Rice himself, places his work in context with the era, and provides insights not previously available when the book was written some 11 years earlier.
The entire syndicated series apparently aired in several overlapping markets. Tracking the broadcasts was particularly difficult given the 15 minute format. As best as we can establish, there was at least one contiguous run of the entire 52-installment series airing between September 1955 and September 1956. The series also aired in many markets at the 15-minute mark, often 'buried' behind an on-the-hour broadcast of another program.
The series provides the most comprehensive insight into the career and experiences of one of the most important sportswriters in American history, during an era when the pen and typewriter was still as important to news media as the paper it was printed upon.
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April 14, 2011 Subject:
Grantland Rice was one of the greats
These transcriptions of Jimmy Powers reading from Grantland Rice's book "The Tumult and the Shouting" are wonderful. The recording quality is very good and hearing Powers read them in the first person makes it seem that Rice is still alive.
I loved the episode in which Rice described NY Times writer John Kieran's disappearance from a big golf event they were both covering when he heard the call of a rare bird in the woods. Kieran slipped away from the golf and was not seen again for two hours.
For those not familiar with Rice, this is his most famous quote: "For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks - not that you won or lost -
But how you played the Game."